Kingsley Burrell: ‘No closure’ for family

originally by: BBC News
published: 7th October 2011

Seven months after a 29-year-old man died in a West Midlands hospital his family are still waiting to hear how he died. Kingsley Brown was detained under the Mental Health Act in March after West Midlands Police officers attended an incident on Icknield Port Road, Birmingham.

Mr Brown was transferred to a unit in the city and then moved to a hospital where he died four days later. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is conducting an investigation while a separate inquiry is being carried out by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust.

Mr Brown’s 28-year-old sister, Kadesha Burrell Brown, who organised a march to West Midlands Police headquarters in July in memory of her brother, told BBC News the family had “no answers and no closure”.

Because of the IPCC investigation, Mr Brown’s body has not been released by the coroner so no inquest can be held and the family do not yet know his exact cause of death. Ms Burrell Brown said the family go to the coroner’s office in Birmingham once a month to be updated on the case.

She said: “We are being kept in the picture but the way it is unfolding is that until the IPCC investigation is completed and they decide on whether to bring any criminal charges or not, we have no answers ourselves.

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